Turning Over Leaves, Both New and Old

Bridget Morris in her West Philadelphia studio.

A little more than 20 years ago, Bridget Morris was set to embark on a career as an interior designer. But during a semester in Italy, papermaking and book restoration stole her away. She dropped out of Philadelphia University and returned to Cortona, Italy, for two years to study the craft.

When she came back to Philadelphia, Morris worked from 1991 to 1996 at William H. Allen, Bookseller, on Walnut Street, toiling beneath a multicolored crystal chandelier on rare volumes in Greek and Latin. As requests for her custom work grew, she started her own studio in Center City. Two years ago, she relocated to West Philadelphia and opened a new one, called Bella Forte.

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